The idea of making people pay to use public toilets was introduced by the Roman emperor Vespasian, who instituted a ‘urine tax’ on public conveniences as a way of raising funds following a civil war.
Morphine was named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
Christopher Columbus believed until he died that he’d landed in Asia instead of in the “new world”.
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.